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A Paterson man has been charged with impersonating a police officer to rob prostitutes at Secaucus hotels five times over the past six months -- and he's being looked at for similar robberies across North Jersey.

According to Secaucus police Capt. Dennis Miller and criminal complaints, Timothy W. Simon, 29, wore a police-like badge around his neck, carried handcuffs and wore a jacket with the word "Officer" printed on the back in the robberies that occurred between Sept. 13, 2017 and Feb. 15, 2018. In some cases he had an accomplice, the complaints said.

Simon was arrested by Clifton police on Feb. 17, two days after an incident at a hotel in the Harmon Meadow complex in which he is accused of robbing two cell phones from a prostitute after demanding drugs and money. Police in the Passaic County city found the badge, jacket and handcuffs in Simon's car, a criminal complaint said.